Legends of Independent Watchmaking: Kari Voutilainen

At Geneva Watch Days 2022, Wei speaks one-on-one with Kari Voutilainen, a panelist from our Legends of Independent Watchmaking Horological Symposium, and one of the most well-respected pioneers of independent watchmaking.

2022 marks the 20th anniversary since Kari founded his eponymous brand; a journey marked by both tragedy and triumph. Inspired by mentors during his time at Parmigiani Fleurier and the passing of his brother, his name would eventually become synonymous with both technical brilliance and refined finishing at the highest levels. He may be an eight-time GPHG winner but it is his willingness to give back, through being a watchmaking instructor and a supplier of dials to other independent brands, that represents an impact on watchmaking which cannot be understated.

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